#444

It has been far too hot to think, the last couple of days, let alone craft anything, so cardmaking hasn’t progressed at all.

While struggling to cool down today, I watched Zootopia while I did some colouring in. This was a great movie, and it inspired be to draw the main character, Judy Hopps. I based the picture off the official pictures of her, and basically copied what I saw. I did this a lot when I was learning to draw, as an exercise. I’d prefer to take a character and change the pose or clothing as a challenge, but today I lacked the brain power to do so.

Last week while I was out, for the first time in a month, I found that the shops had changed into their Christmas apparel and with it came the calendar stall at the shopping centre. I usually get a cheap calendar each year, always full of kittens, but my partners eye was caught on a calendar featuring his favourite game characters (Heroes of the Storm.) I decided to see what else was there, as there are often funny or kitten covered ones. Just before I was going to stop looking, I found a 365 day calendar with artwork by Johanna Basford. If you have seen certain past post, you’ll know I have an artist colouring book of hers, that I love. I was hoping this had the same artist style quality paper, but it doesn’t. Each day contains snippets of her colouring pages and the date on thin, loose leaf paper, all contained in a lovely box which features her line work with golden accents. 

I don’t have any disillusions that I’ll colour one a day, so I’m not going to hold myself to it. Maybe just the important dates, and use the others for crafting and when I’m bored.

#441

A few weeks ago, when I bought a bunch of craft supplies online, I ordered some X-PressIt blending card. This is a nice smooth cardstock, that’s designed to work well with Copic markers. I’ve been meaning to buy some for ages, then when I finally received it, it took me a while to plan what I wanted, and when I couldn’t decide, it was left even longer. Finally, yesterday, I decided to just go for it. I cut an A4 piece into quarters, so I could budget my ten pages, and not feel daunted by a whole page, or annoyed if it turned out badly.

The paper was lovely to work on, and felt smoother than regular cardstock. As written on the packet, blending was lovely. I did add coloured pencil over the top of the markers, to add details and get a better variety where my Copic marker collection is lacking, and due to no roughness in the paper (tooth, as it’s often referred to), layering the pencil got a bit difficult and waxy. I could help this by adding some workable fixative before working on it more. She’s rather pale, as I wasn’t willing to take too many risks, and the picture I was loosely referencing was very brightly lit, so I even had to enhance what little shadow there was to make it more colourful.

Considering I have many cards to make, and painting to do, in the next few weeks, I wanted to do some drawing first. Perhaps I’ll get a chance to draw something on some cards. I haven’t planned much for them, although I did buy a 100 pack of gold card today…

#433

I doubt it’s just me, but whenever I turn a camera on my work, I have a complete blank on what to draw. Alternatively, I also forget to turn the camera on when I have a good idea for drawing. Because of this, making videos about art has been put off constantly. Lately, I’ve been working on my set up, buying lamps and webcams, trying to get a good layout that I’m happy with, to start posting videos. I’m going to start with speed drawings and hopefully go from there into instructional videos or whatnot later. I’m still having issues with lighting and things so I need to fix them, so you don’t get headaches watching.

Above was the picture I drew attempting to film with a new setup. There was absolutely no planning, and was too small for the camera to see the details. It took about an hour of lazy drawing.

#425

Incase you missed this week’s stream (which is all but three people in the world) then you missed where I said I’ve been playing a game called Crashlands lately. I did some fanart on the stream, which is on my Facebook page, but decided to do a traditional picture of the main character, Flux, tonight. She is the purply alien thing.

The other card is a random lady I drew while watching the movie Chicago for the first time… and all that jazz. Her fur and sophisticated style may have been influenced by the movie. (Don’t worry, it’s fake fur.)

I made these pictures to be an Artist Trading card size, as it is a nice size for little sketches, so making a finished piece is easier and less daunting when you just need to make some art, but don’t want the commitment of a large piece. It takes some stress off, as the smaller you work, the less details you need, unless you’re working in hyper realism.

I’m off to go play more Crashlands! See ya!

#422

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I often end up drawing at family get togethers lately, so last night, I decided to go fully prepared. I set up in a corner of the table with a bottle of drink, conveniently located myself near the honey soy chips, and got my sketchbook, pens, pencils and colouring in pencils, and got to drawing. As the night went on, I got very cold, and drew myself in a bundle of blankets. Then I got far too cold and couldn’t even draw anymore. Some people at the party said I should animate it into an Adventure time parody.
I usually draw at parties as a distraction, but it is often a good conversation point.

#421

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Drawing more drawings.
I bought a new Copic Multiliner SP, which means it’s a refillable, waterproof, Copic proof pen. I bought the .25 mm size, which is quite a nice size. I intend to buy a smaller one at a later time, but I wanted to test out one first.
Being refillable, I’m not too worried about using up the ink as I am with normal pens, despite this ink would probably be more expensive than the pens I was using. It is worth it to have some reliable ink, that won’t run when liquid touches it, though.

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I did take the opportunity to redraw a picture that I did a couple of years ago. You might remember it from this blog. I don’t blame you if you don’t – there’s a lot on here by now. But I liked the idea, but the pose and drawing needed an update, and I needed an idea to try out my new pen with watercolours. I have to scan in the image before I get to colouring, as I like to do- just in case I mess it up, or want to try something different in the future.

Keep Creative, and Flock the Planet!

#417

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Frixion pens by Pilot came out a few years ago, and was marketed as an erasable pen, which was pretty cool, especially for inking drawings, and things. Back then there were only a couple of colours, bit now there are so many types. We stopped using these pens after discovering that once the pen passed through a laminating machine, the ink disappeared, though we weren’t sure why at the time. The other day, I had this video pop up in my YouTube feed, and had to go out and buy another frixion pen, and use it for this great technique. It turns out that it was heat that erased the pen (usually the heat caused by friction- thus the name.) So, following the video, the technique worked perfectly, and it’s nice being able to sketch out in pen, and not worry about it ruining everything, as it basically disappears after heated. There is a slight residue where the lines were, but if you use this to make a clean scan, that won’t matter. I’m not sure how it will work with markers and pencils over it, though. Pen Ink seems to work fine, though, as long as the frixion ink has dried.

Today, I have a YouTube channel spotlight in the form of DoodleDate.

I was resting my hands from drawing in preparation for tonight’s twitch stream, so I was watching a bunch of videos, and I love the idea of this channel. The couple who created the channel, Steph and Adam, are both illustrators, and they get together and have a time where they sit, talk, sometimes go out and eat at cafes and draw together. Luckily for us, they record these sessions, and watching them is lovely. Each one is unique and they often undertake art challenges, such as the three marker challenge, or swapping their pencil cases. I love the idea of a doodle date, and pitched it to my partner, who can draw, but doesn’t do it nearly enough, and he agreed to try it out. Now I can plan a nice indoor picnic, I think. It sounds fun.

Speaking of the stream, I’ve been working on some overlay images, as well as trying to get a cat cam to work. (The cats didn’t go near it all night.)
Starting of next Tuesday at 8pm Australian Central standard time, I will be streaming for 3 hours at twitch.tv/raspberrysheep just remember, Tuesday streams get a bit weird and there is swearing and frivolous activities, so if you’re looking for something nice and family friendly, do not come to that one. I will be making a nice one during the day (when all the weird people aren’t around) probably on a Friday. Hopefully that one will be a little more structured, and have more teaching, while being at an easier time for other countries to watch. I’d love to hear any questions or suggestions for lessons and let me know what you’d like to see on the stream.

Goodnight my sheepy peeps.

#416

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Remember this from months ago? No. Ok… I did this as an idea for a digistamp. I cleaned it up and started to colour it in (I don’t know why, digistamps are just outlines) but I got so far and decided I didn’t really like it, and stopped working on it. Since my drawing binge started, around Christmas, I’ve noticed my art has improved a lot, and thought it was time to try redrawing some pieces, and this was in desperate need of an update. I’m very proud of the new version.

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This is just a photo, from before I inked it, but you can tell how much better it looks. I mainly owe this improvement to Yamio’s Chibi tutorial, on YouTube, that I’ve mentioned before.
Apart from drawing chibis, I’ve been streaming my digital painting sessions on Twitch. I didn’t want to let you all know until I was settled, as I’m not really ready for a big audience, but I’m setting up a Raspberry Sheep account that would be better suited to this audience, as my private channel gets a bit weird and I can play games and swear. I’ll try not to do that on Raspberry Sheep, so that I can invite you and family members there, hehe. Trying to get my non-arty friends to ask questions about art and craft is difficult.

While I’m on the topic of digital art, I came across an amazing site for anyone who does digital art, or is thinking about getting into it, but isn’t sure if it’s for them. They have a massive free video library of five minute videos on just about every topic you can think of pertaining to digital painting, and art motivation. Visit Ctrl+paint, which have new videos out every Thursday, and you can comment, ask questions, and suggest future video topics. The videos skill range from before you know what digital art is to expert levels, and all categorised for you.

I’d better go to sleep before I sound anymore like a talking billboard. Night, Sheeps.

#412

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Today, I watched a chibi drawing tutorial by Yamio. She has the cutest voice, and adorable drawings, so I really like her YouTube channel. This tutorial is really good, especially as it teaches you to create chibi characters, but not as a step by step, but shows way that you can choose what you like and pick and mix to create your own style.
I attempted one, thinking about shapes and ‘beans’, but it seemed a little static, causing the second one to be super dynamic, which produced a nice doll-like figure.
I’m trying to come up with little pictures, so that I can practice inking with a dip pen, as an exercise. I’m drawing them on printer paper, so that I can put it on my diy light table (glass table with a lamp under it,) and easily see through the thin paper.
I’d like to create some colouring pages in this way. I can draw a bunch of separate doodles, and draw them into one piece on the light box. This also means I don’t have to worry about erasing pencil beneath the ink, which is always a gamble.
If you don’t have a light box or glass table, you can use a window, or stuck a battery torch into an upside down plastic box with a smooth base. Just keep an eye on the heat that might build. Previously, I have used a piece of glass between two chairs with a bedside lamp under it.
Arting is often 90% improvising.